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Chicago Law Firm Romanucci & Blandin Hosts Cocktail Reception Supporting Sharon Oden Johnson for Appellate Court Justice

WHO:  Antonio Romanucci and Stephan Blandin, name partners at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, other attorneys at the firm, Appellate Court Justice Candidate Sharon Oden Johnson, supporters.

WHAT: Fundraising cocktail reception in support of Appellate Court Justice candidate Sharon Oden Johnson. Suggested Donations: $250.00- Friends; $500.00- Patrons; $1000.00 – Sponsors. To RSVP, please call 312-458-1000.

WHERE: Offices of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC., 321 N. Clark St., Suite 900, Chicago

WHEN: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 4:00pm-6:00pm.

CHICAGO (February 3, 2014)--Antonio Romanucci and Stephan Blandin, two of Illinois’ leading personal injury lawyers, will host a fundraising reception in honor of the Honorable Sharon Oden Johnson’s candidacy for Appellate Court Justice on Tuesday, March 11, at their law offices in River North.

“We are proud to lend our support to Judge Johnson, who has been a stalwart defender of justice during her time in the Circuit Court, and who we know will be an outstanding Appellate Court Justice for our state,” said Blandin.

Romanucci and Blandin were both named among the Super Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois in 2013, and the firm was named among the Best Law Firms in the United States in the U.S. News and World Report. With a focus in personal injury, particularly as related to medical malpractice, police misconduct, and nursing home neglect among others, the firm has won more than $250 million in compensation on behalf of its clients since the firms founding in 1998.

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About Sharon Oden Johnson

The Honorable Sharon O. Johnson was elected to the Circuit Court of Cook County in November 2010. After being sworn in, she was assigned to the First Municipal Traffic Division, where she handled a variety of minor traffic offenses, minor and major criminal misdemeanors, and  violations of supervision.   Shortly thereafter, she was assigned to the Domestic Relations Division – Parentage and Child Support Section, where she remains today.  She manages a docket of over 800 cases wherein she hears and rules on Orders of Protection, parentage, custody, visitation, and support matters.

A native of Chicago, Judge Johnson is a proud graduate of Chicago Public Schools.  In 1992 she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Bradley University, in Peoria, Illinois. Thereafter, in 1995, she graduated from Howard University School of Law, where she earned the AmJur Award for Property Law.

Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Johnson worked in both the private and public sectors. Immediately following law school, she was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Judge Lawrence Lawson in the Monmouth County, New Jersey Circuit Court.  She later returned to Chicago and worked as a lead contract negotiator with the City of Chicago’s then Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development.  Thereafter she opened a boutique law firm which practiced primarily in the areas of real estate, contract, and family law.

Since ascending to the bench, Judge Johnson has been elected Secretary to the Illinois Judicial Counsel.  She was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court and continues to serve as faculty for the 2014 Judicial Education Conference.  In 2013, Judge Johnson served as a member of the  Domestic Relations  Alternative Dispute Resolution Exploratory Committee.  She continues to  serve as an Honorary Member of the CARPLS Civic Committee while contributing to the betterment of Cook County by serving as a panelist for several Continuing Legal Education courses.  In 2013, she served as Judicial Coordinator for the 2013 Cook County Bar Association Law Day subsequent to receiving the 2012 Illinois Judicial Counsel Chairperson’s award.  In a uniquely international capacity, Judge Johnson has served as the Co-Chair of the Illinois Judicial Counsel Liberian Committee and moderated a forum entitled “Liberia: Restructuring of a Legal System in a Reemerging African Nation.”  Judge Johnson’s service to the residents of Cook County includes but is not limited to serving as a guest speaker at many churches, schools, and civic organizations.

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